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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.Torn by K.A. Robinson
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-09-03
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
Two people with battered souls are thrust together unexpectedly, leaving a profound impact on each other’s lives. Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about. Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe grabs the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever. Developing feelings for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden emotions are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.
“Torn” by K.A. Robinson was an interesting read. There were several times that Robinson had me on the verge of tears. Chloe has had a hard life. All she wants is to stay away from her mother. Chloe grew up in an unstable household where her mother didn’t love her and abused her. Chloe is not in college and she is trying to figure out her own way and her own life.
Chloe ended up being blessed with two friends Amber and Logan. Amber is Chloe’s best friend. Chloe used to live with Amber she she was in school and her mother disappeared on her. Logan has the hugest crush on Chloe and so he takes it upon himself to try to protect her. Chloe is naive and oblivious in the fact that she doesn’t believe that Logan has feelings for her, even when it is completely obvious. When Chloe meets Drake, Logan gets completely jealous and demands that Chloe no longer sees Drake. Chloe isn’t going to begin to let Logan tell her what to do but when Drake turns Chloe down on her advances. Chloe runs to Logan.
Logan and Chloe begin their relationship but they begin to move too fast and then Chloe doesn’t seem to know what she wants. Chloe’s world seems to quickly tumble down all around her. Chloe has some major choices to make and she needs to think them through before she messes everything up.
I think Robinson is a decent writer, she has a lot of potential. I think she has a great story here. It was easy to become invested into the characters and become attached to them. I think Robinson does a good job with her character development, providing the reader with characters that are interesting and dynamic. A book is only as good as its characters because if you can’t love the characters than you normally aren’t going to like the book. That is pretty plain and simple. I think the characters were great.
I think the biggest issue I had with this book was that the sex scenes were a little too graphic for my taste but that doesn’t make my opinion of the book lessen. I just want to mention this in case people are sensitive to the topic. The scenes aren’t explicit, they just get into more detail than I would like to know.
I really like the fact that Robinson was able to create a realistic story with realistic characters. There are a lot of girls that have the guy best friend that is in love with them, and the screwed up childhood. I think “Torn” is a novel that people can relate too. I think it will be a hit once people start picking it up. I haven’t seen a whole lot of exposure for “Torn” but I have seen it in one of the local stores where I live. Definitely give “Torn” a chance. I think it is a great contemporary story. I do have to admit that there is a lot of heartache though.